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Ken, before you get down on your art teacher for not displaying
things, you might want to have a discussion with him/her. An art
display that properly showcases artwork requires a great deal of
preparation and effort. Have you given your art teacher the time
involved to do this? Is your school site "display friendly", with cork
You might want to reach a common understanding and agreement as to what
you want displayed. For example, I once had a principal who wanted me to
spend my art class time making cutsey holiday decorations which I then
was to hang up in the hall. I was more than willing to display what the
kids were learning about in art, but I did not feel that such precious
art time should be devoted strictly to the product-oriented decorations
(which were against the religions of some of my students).
Specialists and administrators need to communicate more effectively with
each other. Hectic schedules, traveling and even the curriculum itself
may set up barriers. Common understanding needs to be reached for the
artistic growth of our students.